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Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Gets Structure Deck: Mechanized Madness in April and Eternity Code in May

All hands, man the battle stations! The colossal Machina army is back with vengeance in Structure Deck: Mechanized Madness arrivng April 17!

Originally featured in the Machina Mayhem Structure Deck, Machina Gearframe and Machina Fortress ran rampant after their initial debut. Now, over a decade later, they are back and stronger than ever with a new wave of support to add to the Machina arsenal!

Machina Citadel leads the charge with a massive 3000 ATK and a Quick Effect that can decimate your opponent’s monsters by turning a Machine you control into an explosion of shrapnel! If your opponent manages to topple your Machina Citadel, it can reassemble itself from the Graveyard when an EARTH Machine you control is destroyed. However, you can also leave it up to your own Machina to trigger this effect after you have thrown it to the junkyard.

One way to get that plan into action is by launching an aerial assault with Machina Air Raider. You can discard a “Machina” to Special Summon it from your hand, potentially ditching a Machina Citadel to the Graveyard! During your opponent’s turn, its Quick Effect can destroy a Machine you control and salvage the scrap to Special Summon a “Machina” from your Deck with a different name and equal or lower Level than that Machine. After that, because the Machine was destroyed, a Machina Citadel in your Graveyard can come back at full force!

If a ranged attack is more your style, Machina Irradiator can accelerate itself on the field by discarding a “Machina” as well. Machina Irradiator can also destroy one of your Machines to Special Summon a “Machina” with a different name and an equal or lower Level than your monster, but from your Graveyard instead! While Machina Air Raider specializes in disrupting your opponent with its Quick Effect, Machina Irradiator proactively uses its effect during your own turn, so you can strategize the best way to turn the tides of battle!

Structure Deck: Mechanized Madness is ready-to-play right out of the box, but you can add some extra firepower to your Deck with the help of other products like Duel Overload and more!

Structure Deck: Mechanized Madness contains 42 cards:

37 Commons
3 Super Rares
2 Ultra Rares
1 Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide

Structure Deck: Mechanized Madness

This May 1, humanity must outwit the ultimate Dueling A.I. and survive the arrival of the supreme Link-6 @Ignister monster in Eternity Code!

The rules of the game have changed, allowing Duelists even more freedom to concoct their own winning strategies! Eternity Code takes advantage of these changes, introducing new cards for Synchro, Xyz, and Fusion-based strategies to help them leap into the future. Here’s what you need to know about May’s booster release:

  • Eternity Code follows directly on from Ignition Assault with new cards for @Ignister, Ancient Warriors, and the world premiere theme: Plunder Patroll! It’s now easier than ever to take advantage of the Plunder Patroll’s easy access to the Extra Deck.
  • The ultimate @Ignister Link Monster is here! This Link-6 monster is unaffected by all other card effects and its ATK ranges from 3000 to 6000 depending on how many monsters you use as Link Material.
  • New cards for strategies from 2019’s Rising Rampage, Chaos Impact, The Infinity Chasers, Fists of the Gadgets, and Mystic Fighters, including the first Link-4 “Code Talker” and incredible new Dragonmaids!
  • Duelists who want to be fully prepared should look to Duel Overload to pick up crucial cards for Decks like Dinosaurs, Madolche, and Witchcrafters before strong, new cards for those themes arrive in Eternity Code!
  • Powerful general use cards that can go into any Deck, including a new Effect Monster from the same lineage as Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring!

The Eternity Code booster set contains 100 new cards:

50 Commons
26 Super Rares
14 Ultra Rares
10 Secret Rares

Eternity Code booster

Age of Artisans – A new expansion for Architects of the West Kingdom is coming in March!

Architects of the West Kingdom: Age of Artisans

In Architects of the West Kingdom: Age of Artisans, journeymen have returned to the city as master craftsmen, equipped with knowledge of new crafts and tools. The Guildhall has never been so busy! While some apprentices spend time learning new skills, others adorn the city’s buildings with everything from golden tapestries, to stained glass windows. But don’t let the shimmer of lights and fancy wares deceive you. For not all that glitters is gold.

In addition to including components for an extra player, Age of Artisans adds the new Craft Cards, a dual-layered Guildhall Board, two new Player Boards and a variety of new Apprentices and Buildings.

You need a copy of Architects of the West Kingdom to play. It’s for 1-6 players, ages 12+. Games should last 60-80 minutes and the expansion retails for $35.

The Star Realms Deluxe Nova Collection is now on Kickstarter! Early Bird Ends Today!

Star Realms Deluxe Nova Collection

White Wizard Games has launched the Star Realms Deluxe Nova collection wich is now live on Kickstarter

Star Realms is an explosively-popular Deckbuilding Game that combines the fun of a deckbuilding game with the interactivity of trading card game-style combat. This deluxe version is perfect for new players and long-time fans.

The Kickstarter includes:

  • Beautiful foil versions of every card from Promo Pack 1, the Gambit Set, Crisis: Bases and Battleships, Events, Heroes, Fleets and Fortresses, the Cosmic Gambit Set and the Star Realms Base set with 6 starting decks and extra Explorers. (Over 250 foil cards).
  • Six big score dials to track your Authority!
  • A stunning high-quality 14 inch by 24 inch linen finish game board.
  • 9 game dividers to keep your personal decks, Explorers, trade deck cards and gambits organized and make set up super easy!

The Star Realms Deluxe Nova Collection is priced at $99, with early bird pricing of $89. For brick and mortar retailers, there is a discounted Retail Kit Tier.

Cities: Skylines Goes From Screen to Tabletop

Cities: Skylines

Paradox Interactive, the creators of the classic PC game, Cities: Skylines has teamed up with the world-renowned board game producers, Kosmos to create a whole new physical experience for the beloved city-building game. 

Taking Cities: Skylines right off your screen and to your coffee table, the board game version brings the game to life by highlighting its most popular elements and at the same time, creating a real-time, person-to-person, board game experience. The completely cooperative board game lets players work together to plan, build, and manage a city. Just like in the PC version, players begin with a vacant plot to develop residential, commercial, and industrial areas, gradually creating new neighborhoods.

Players work together to plan, build, and manage a city. The key to a successfully developed city is a happy population; as players decide how and where to build, they must consider a variety of factors such as the environment, crime, traffic flow, education, and financial resources.

Cities: Skylines is for gamers age 11+ and retails for $49.95. 

Arcane Wonder’s Foundations of Rome Comes to Kickstarter

The city-building board game Foundations of Rome puts you into the role of an architect competing to own land and build magnificent structures! Build domūs and insulae, fountains, foundries, and more to increase your renown – gaining glory for yourself and the empire! With 96 wonderfully detailed miniatures in the base game, Foundations of Rome is a testament to the glory of Rome that you can bring to the table.

Foundations of Rome is the next, and biggest game to date, in the Dice Tower Essentials line and is designed by famed designer Emerson Matsuuchi.

On a player’s turn they select from purchasing a new lot, building a new building in the shared city of Rome, or collecting income!

Players collect Glory Points at the end of each round based on the population and commerce they have brought to the city as well as gaining glory for civic buildings that score not only based on their own buildings, but those of their opponents!

With a quick setup time and easy to learn to rules you will be on your way to achieving glory within Rome in no time!

Help Coraline Escape the Other World in Coraline: Beware the Other Mother

WizKids has announced that Coraline: Beware the Other Mothera new game based on the beloved stop motion animated film from LAIKA, is now available in North American Game Stores!

In this cooperative 1-4 player game, players are Ghost Children who have been captured by the Beldam (the Other Mother) and who now seek to help Coraline free her parents from the Beldam’s clutches. They do this by guiding her through the Other World as she attempts to find the items that will allow her to escape: the Skeleton Key, the Eyes of the Ghost Children, and the Snow Globe. The game has a timer in the form of the Moon Deck. The Moon Deck has 6 Moon Cards, and every time the Moon is advanced, players will reveal and discard the top card of the Moon Deck. If the final Moon Card is ever revealed, the players immediately lose the game.

The Beldam is controlled by the Beldam Story Deck, a separate deck of cards that will challenge Coraline throughout the game. She may be forced to drop an object, discard a card, or advance the moon. If the Beldam Story Deck is empty at the start of the Beldam Phase, the players lose.

If Coraline manages to collect the 5 Object Tokens she needs to escape while in the Living Room, and the Beldam isn’t in the room with her, the players win! Featuring all your favorite characters from the film, from Wybie and Mr. Bobinsky to Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, Coraline: Beware the Other Mother is available now.

Coraline: Beware the Other Mother

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #4 (of 5) Preview

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #4 (of 5)

(W) B Dave Walters (A/CA) Tess Fowler
In Shops: Jan 15, 2020
SRP: $3.99

When war threatens the Moonshae Isles, legendary heroes return to defeat the forces of an unthinkable foe.

In the shadow of Hoondarrh’s mountain, something even darker is revealed as the death of a friend sends Helene into a rage!

Creators B. Dave Walters (Stream of Many Eyes, Geek & Sundry, The Rundown) and Tess Fowler (Kid Lobotomy, Critter) join forces to bring you an all-new D&D adventure of epic scope and flair!

Dungeons & Dragons established the roleplaying game category with great storytelling for both tabletop and video game audiences. It continues to be a cultural force in bookstores and online!

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #4 (of 5)

Explore Wildemount in March 2020 With the New Explorer’s Guide

Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount

When Critical Role debuted in March 2015, no one predicted the success of a Dungeons & Dragons liveplay show starring prominent voice actors. Not only has the show inspired a vast fan community of “Critters” to create fan art, cosplay, and even musicals based on Critical Role’s adventures, but the stories crafted by Matthew Mercer and his friends have encouraged droves of new players to try D&D for the first time. The D&D Team at Wizards of the Coast is excited to officially collaborate with Mercer by publishing a brand new tabletop roleplaying book detailing the continent explored in the second campaign of Critical Role, complete with player options such as subclasses, magic items, and more. Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount will be available in stores everywhere on March 17, 2020!

The 304-page Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount invites DMs to start playing in any of Wildemount’s regions using introductory adventures, dozens of story-inspiring plot seeds, and the new heroic chronicle system. Adventurers can also expect to discover countless secrets revealed by Critical Role Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer for the first time. Players and DMs will find new character options available for play in any campaign, like the Echo Knight fighter subclass, spells of dunamancy, numerous new monsters, and more!

Veteran Game Designer Matt Hyra Joins Renegade Game Studios

Matt Hyra

Renegade Game Studios has announced that veteran game designer Matt Hyra has joined the team! With his extensive design experience that includes licensed and original titles dating back to 1998, and his experience working with and leading talented game R&D teams, Matt’s skills will undoubtedly help Renegade produce exciting games titles and product lines moving forward.

Matt first broke into the industry at Wizards of the Coast working on the Pokémon Trading Card Game and various rules teams. He eventually took his talents to Upper Deck where he worked on games such as Vs. System and he was the R&D lead for The World of Warcraft Miniatures Game, and then to Cryptozoic, working on titles such as The World of Warcraft Trading Card GameGKR: Heavy Hitters, and DC Comics Deck Building Game

Money Maker – Board Game for Anarchists and Bankers Alike

Money Maker –the economic family board game which puts you in the shoes of the inventor of banking– is now out in 4 languages. Set in 16th century Amsterdam you start as a trader who quickly figures out that you can create money by lending it out. But be careful that you do not lend too much, or a Bank Run may wipe you out!

Money Maker is suitable for gamers who like Monopoly, Catan, and Agricola, and like to build empires and amass wealth. As the only board game about the working of banks, it is loved by bankers and anarchists alike as how it relates to current events regarding Bitcoin and Quantitative Easing.

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